Brad Van Liew Wins Velux 5 Oceans Race; Eco Partner of Cape Wind

Brad Van Liew, as he crosses the finish line off La Rochelle, France, winning the Velux 5 Oceans race across the world. Photo courtesy of Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans.


BOSTON, MA, MAY 30, 2011 – Cape Wind’s Eco Partner Brad Van Liew has won the Velux 5 Oceans Title, after a clean sweep of coming in first for each of the five legs of the grueling journey of over 7 months and over 31,000 miles.

Cape Wind President Jim Gordon praised Van Liew on his achievement, “This is an amazing accomplishment of perseverance and courage. I am very proud of Brad for winning an extremely challenging race while also showcasing sustainable sailing practices that care for the ocean environment.”

Van Liew was the only American entrant in a race that has been dominated by European competitors in recent years and he is the only American to win this race twice (he also won in 2003) and to sail around the world three times.

At the start of the race in October, 2010, Cape Wind and Brad Van Liew jointly announced they had become Eco Partners to help support his effort to win this race in his Eco 60 Class boat, Le Pingouin, which relies on wind, sun and water to power it across the world without the use of any fossil fuels.

In announcing his partnership with Cape Wind in October, Van Liew said:

“I am thrilled to partner with Cape Wind as our exclusive Eco Partner for the race. I believe as a country we are well behind the progress of renewable energy solutions worldwide, and Cape Wind is one big step forward in the right direction and toward energy independence for the U.S. There is a beautiful and elegant similarity between the way that sailboats and offshore wind turbines can harness ocean winds to power our energy needs.”

The final leg of the race for Van Liew began in his home port of Charleston, South Carolina, and continued up the U.S. east coast and across the Atlantic, arriving late on Friday at La Rochelle, France to win the 2010-2011 Velux 5 Oceans race.

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For further information on Brad Van Liew or Team Lazarus, please contact:
Meaghan Van Liew
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About Cape Wind
Cape Wind is America’s first offshore wind farm to secure Federal and State approval and to be issued a lease to operate by the Federal Government. Cape Wind will create jobs and promote greater energy independence and a cleaner environment. Cape Wind will also establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power. For more information visit

About Brad Van Liew
Brad Van Liew’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen him through successful business endeavors in aviation and sailing. As a professional sailor and prior to winning this year’s Velux 5 Oceans race, Van Liew completed two solo circumnavigations, taking 3rd place as an underdog entrant in the 1998-99 Around Alone race, and claiming victory in the 2002-03 edition of that event aboard Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America. He broke a world record by covering 345 miles in one day aboard his 50-foot monohull. Van Liew has been awarded an array of honors including a US Navy Seamanship Award, Raymarine Communications Award, and Sportsman of the Year from California Yacht Club. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. For more information visit

About VELUX 5 OCEANS – The Ultimate Solo Challenge
The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the Ultimate Solo Challenge, the ultimate human endeavor. More than 500 people have been into space, less than 180 have sailed round the world solo, and only 73 skippers have finished the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon 30,000-nautical mile circumnavigation. The race, run every four years since 1984, has a rich heritage which has given rise to some of the world's best sailors. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is not only the longest round the world yacht race but at nearly 30 years old is also the longest running. Always at the forefront of ocean racing innovation, the 2010/11 VELUX 5 OCEANS has seen the premiere of the Eco 60 class of yachts, pushing a message of sustainability, accessibility and affordability. For more information visit